Public Diplomacy Grants on How emerging Technologies can support Development & International Partnerships

u.s. embassy

Relevent Country: Zimbabwe

The United States Embassy in Zimbabwe announces an open competition for creative, sustainable and engaging projects that foster open and transparent dialogues on how emerging technologies can support Zimbabwe’s development and international partnerships.
The programs should support principles that foster safe and security network infrastructures as well as promote digital rights. Projects funded under this call will use dialogues, advocacy, engagement, research, policy analysis, capacity development, and/or network building to promote the use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality. The projects can be in any sector- education, agriculture, medical and financial technologies. The program should promote discussions and understanding of open, interoperable, secure, and reliable information and communications technology infrastructure and services with the inclusion, in part, of U.S. experts, curricula, or other resources.
 
As Zimbabwe seeks to utilize and develop vibrant technology and innovation ecosystems to seize the promises of the digital economy in line with the African Unions Digital Transformation Strategy, they should build upon the solid foundation of trustworthy ICT infrastructure and technology that eases business while also respecting human rights. The U.S. President’s Digital Transformation with Africa (DTA) states Africa’s digital ecosystem offers massive potential to spur economic recovery, promote opportunity, advance social equality and gender equality, and create jobs. These discussions will help prepare Zimbabwe’s leaders and decision makers to harness new technologies for growth and opportunity.

Program Objectives

All proposals must meet the following objectives:
  • Provide opportunities for open discussions and exchanges for tech leaders and policy makers in a variety of fields to prepare Zimbabwe to be an international partner in tech innovation.
  • Strengthen collaboration and build networks between Zimbabwe and U.S. civil society, press, and advocacy organizations with an emphasis on long-term relationships and sustainability for Zimbabwe’s digital economy.
Funding Information
  • Total available funding: US$50,000
  • Award amounts: US$10,000 – $24,000
  • Length of performance period: 6-18 months
  • Number of awards anticipated: Two (2) awards
Participants and Audiences
  • Proposals can target tech industry stakeholders, civil society, policy makers, students, opinion leaders, media, underserved populations, tech hub staff, or other clearly defined sectors.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Eligible Applicants: The funding call is open to non-profit organizations, trusts, and coalitions working to advance digital rights in Zimbabwe. This includes but is not limited to human rights defenders, media, activists, academic institutions, think tanks, legal aid groups, and tech hubs.
  • Note: For-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply.
  • Cost Sharing: Cost sharing is not required but encouraged.
  • Registration: In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number.